In the center of Hamburg's Old Town is the Rathaus or City Hall.
The lakes are also popular for sailing (or skating in winter) and are lined by many beautiful parks and gardens.
Another landmark is the Köhlbrandbrücke, a 3.9-kilometer bridge that spans the harbor.
In three separate but connected buildings on the Glockengiesserwall, Kunsthalle Hamburg is one of Germany's top art galleries.
Often referred to as the Gateway to Germany, this large tidal harbor is a free port, allowing the shipment of goods without duties.
In addition to being a major transportation hub, Hamburg has become one of Europe's most important cultural and commercial centers, as well as a major tourist destination boasting numerous first-class attractions.